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Democratic presidential candidate Klobuchar stumps in Peterborough

  • Democratic presidential candidate Amy Klobuchar stopped at The Waterhouse Restaurant in Peterborough on Monday morning to talk to voters. Staff photo by Nicholas Handy

  • Democratic presidential candidate Amy Klobuchar stopped at The Waterhouse Restaurant in Peterborough on Monday morning. April 22, 2019 Staff photo by Nicholas Handy—

  • Democratic presidential candidate Amy Klobuchar stopped at The Waterhouse Restaurant in Peterborough on Monday morning. April 22, 2019 Staff photo by Nicholas Handy—

  • Democratic presidential candidate Amy Klobuchar stopped at The Waterhouse Restaurant in Peterborough on Monday morning. April 22, 2019 Staff photo by Nicholas Handy—

  • Democratic presidential candidate Amy Klobuchar stopped at The Waterhouse Restaurant in Peterborough on Monday morning. April 22, 2019 Staff photo by Nicholas Handy—

  • Democratic presidential candidate Amy Klobuchar stopped at The Waterhouse Restaurant in Peterborough on Monday morning. April 22, 2019 Staff photo by Nicholas Handy—

  • Democratic presidential candidate Amy Klobuchar stopped at The Waterhouse Restaurant in Peterborough on Monday morning. April 22, 2019 Staff photo by Nicholas Handy—

  • Democratic presidential candidate Amy Klobuchar stopped at The Waterhouse Restaurant in Peterborough on Monday morning. April 22, 2019 Staff photo by Nicholas Handy—

  • Democratic presidential candidate Amy Klobuchar stopped at The Waterhouse Restaurant in Peterborough on Monday morning. April 22, 2019 Staff photo by Nicholas Handy—

  • Democratic presidential candidate Amy Klobuchar talks to Barbara Miller at The Waterhouse Restaurant in Peterborough on Monday morning. Staff photo by Nicholas Handy—

  • Democratic presidential candidate Amy Klobuchar stopped at The Waterhouse Restaurant in Peterborough on Monday morning. April 22, 2019 Staff photo by Nicholas Handy—

  • Democratic presidential candidate Amy Klobuchar stopped at The Waterhouse Restaurant in Peterborough on Monday morning. April 22, 2019 Staff photo by Nicholas Handy—

  • Democratic presidential candidate Amy Klobuchar stopped at The Waterhouse Restaurant in Peterborough on Monday morning. April 22, 2019 Staff photo by Nicholas Handy—

  • Democratic presidential candidate Amy Klobuchar stopped at The Waterhouse Restaurant in Peterborough on Monday morning. April 22, 2019 Staff photo by Nicholas Handy—



Monadnock Ledger-Transcript
Monday, April 22, 2019 9:20PM

With the Nubanusit Brook to her back, Democratic presidential candidate Amy Klobuchar spent the morning of Earth Day talking about climate change and other issues important to her campaign.

“The world and the earth are so important to me,” Klobuchar said, in front of a crowd of around 100 people at The Waterhouse Restaurant. “… [Climate change is] not happening 100 years from now, it’s happening now. That’s why as your president, on day one I will sign us back into the International Climate Change agreement.”

The lawyer and U.S. Senator from Minnesota said she would also bring back plans that would help lower emissions at the nation’s power plants and to make automobiles more fuel efficient and would work to enact legislation to change building codes to better meet the goals of the International Climate Change agreement within the opening days of her presidency, if elected.

Klobuchar said there also needs to be more focus on improving workforce training, making it easier to pay off student loans, comprehensive immigration reform, infrastructure improvements, and legislation to improve online privacy.

“The president is literally deciding to deport people who either came here through no fault of their own, or are here on some kind of default status legally. They came to the country legally,” said Klobuchar, regarding the need for immigration reform.

Klobuchar touted herself as a gritty candidate who has the ability to work across the aisle and do what’s best for the country, something she feels the current president is not doing.

“What scares me today, and the reason why I am running for president, is I believe we have someone in the White House who is fracturing that community every single day,” Klobuchar said. “He pits people against each other, he tweets things just to divide people. whenever there is a fork in the road, he picks the one that’s divisive.”

Klobuchar said she hears often that Democrats just want to win in 2020, something she feels she can do given her track record in Minnesota of winning “Trump counties.”

“I did not do that Democrats, by selling out on our values,” Klobuchar said. “I did that by reaching out, by finding common ground, and figuring out how to get things done for the people of our country. That is what we need to do.”

Klobuchar gave multiple shoutouts to U.S. Senators Jeanne Shaheen and Maggie Hassan of New Hampshire throughout her speech, saying that she is “lucky to have them as friends and role models because that is what I think we need more of in Washington D.C.”

During a press gaggle after the event, Klobuchar said there needs to be a greater focus on bridging the rural-urban divide.

“If you want kids to be able to live where they grew up, or move to these areas you need to make it work for them,” Klobuchar.

The solution, Klobuchar said, is a combination of increasing broadband accessibility, better infrastructure and access to transportation and creating more housing opportunities.

Attorney James M. Callahan introduced Klobuchar with his law partner Michael J. Atkins, calling her “a tireless worker in the Senate” and someone who has the ability to reach across the aisle and get things done.

“This is someone I can personally get behind, and someone who can win,” Callahan said.

Carrie Reder of Hancock said Klobuchar impressed her on Monday, though it’s too early in the cycle to make a decision on who she wants the next president to be.

“She can speak off the cuff, which our current president cannot,” Reder said. “He could never have answered any of those questions. He would’ve turned his response around into a question, or just completely changed the subject to make it about him. She seems to not have that issue at all. She just seems like a real person.”

Nicholas Handy can be reached at 924-7172 ext. 235 or nhandy@ledgertran script.com.